Essig Museum News - February 2020
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Essig Museum News

Keep up-to-date with the latest research, education, and events of the Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley's terrestrial arthropod collection (insects, spiders, scorpions, and their kin). Member of the Berkeley Natural History Museums.

Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin (Feb.12)

The Essig Museum will host tours for Charles Darwin's birthday on Wednesday, February 12. Tours begin at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00. Reserve a space on our tours by emailing us at today! See ground beetles collected by Darwin during the Voyage of the Beagle, as well as a giant tortoise shell, marine iguana, galapagos finches, live orchids and carnivorous plants, and lots of insects. Tours begin from the foot of the Tyrannosaurus rex in the Valley Life Science Building.

Lepidoptera Society Winter Aggregation

This Saturday, February 8th, the Essig Museum will host the mid-winter "aggregation" of Pacific Slope Lepidopterists (10am - 4pm). The meeting alternates between UC Berkeley and UC Davis each year. Attendees show off their latest catches, gather records from our extensive collections, and talk butterflies and moths.

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Essig Brunch Seminar Series

Fridays 10:10 - 11:00 am, 1101 Valley Life Science Building (UCMP "fish bowl")
A weekly seminar series run by the Entomology Students Organization featuring local and visiting researchers presenting a wide range of entomology topics. Open to the public.

Upcoming talks: (check the Essig Brunch website for updates)

Feb.7 - Sandra Schachat, PhD candidate, Stanford University
"A peak in insect diversity before the rise of angiosperms: disentangling the roles of parasitoids and pollinators"

Feb. 14 - TBA

Feb. 21 - Aaron Pomerantz, PhD candidate, (Patel lab) UC Berkeley
"Making it clear: Evolution and development of wing transparency in Lepidoptera"

Feb. 28 - Dr. Giovanni Rappaccioulo, California Academy of Sciences
"Detecting spatiotemporal biodiversity change from unstructured opportunistic data"

Mar. 6 - Dr. Andrew Zink, Professor, SF State University
"Maternal care and egg cannibalism in the maritime earwig"

Mar.13 - Dr. Lauren Esposito, California Academy of Sciences
"Scorpiomics: Ecology, evolution, and biogeography of scorpions

Going to be in town and want to give a talk: email us at

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